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Celebrating 20 years of Hope

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Hope Project, which was set up by Dogs Trust in 1995 to help dogs and their owners who are homeless or in housing crisis.

Over the past 20 years, the Hope Project has grown from one solitary veterinary clinic in London to a nation-wide scheme offering help and support to homeless people and their dogs in 107 towns and cities across the UK. 

Here are some of the things we have been able to achieve over the past 20 years: 

  • We support almost 600 dogs a year, which has changed the lives of thousands of dogs over the past 20 years
  • We work with 257 homelessness organisations and 136 veterinary practices to deliver this essential service  
  • With the help of our participating veterinary practices, we now fund more than 1700 treatments each year
  • The Hope Project has grown from one veterinary clinic in London to 107 schemes running in towns and cities across the UK
  • Thanks to our Welcoming Dogs work, there are now more than 150 hostels in the UK providing shelter and support to homeless people and their dogs
  • Our Christmas parcel service delivers essential supplies as well as festive cheer to more than 1200 dogs each December

Next: Read our case studies to find out how the Hope Project helps homeless people and their dogs

Photography: Olivia Hemingway